March 29, 2011

Freedom of Speech? Not so much...

    I can't say the first thing that popped into my mind about this article ( the Constitution composed by our founding fathers ) because this is in ( Communist ) China. Ran Yunfei was arrested by Chinese police for going against the ruling communist party in blog posts. 46 year old Ran was detained for over a month with no charge. After over a month they finally came up with the charge of inciting subversion of state power. Wang Yi, a former legal scholar said: "Basically, it's the crime of expressing your opinions".

More than 100 activists, many of them active on Twitter and blogging sites, have been detained, subjected to monitoring and intimidation by the security forces or have gone missing since late February, particularly after the online calls for "Jasmine" gatherings, according to Amnesty International.

"The government on the one hand prevents freedom of the press and disallows the free flow of information, and on the other hand ... conceals the truth," Ran wrote on his Twitter account on Feb 14. "It's no wonder that rumors are prevalent under these circumstances." Highly unfortunate that the Chinese government would punish its own for exercising (what I believe to be) inalienable human rights. Not American rights, human rights.
Here is the link to the story.


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